Which Web Host is right for you?

Written by Shawn Si

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What Operating System should I go for? Windows based hosting plans are usually more expensive than those are UNIX based. Why would I need Windows Hosting then? There are many factors. If you use ODBC or MS Access database you may be required to use Windows Hosting. If you use ASP you may be required to use Windows Hosting. If you or your Web Master is more familiar with Windows environment you may consider using Windows Hosting. If you do not need any ofrepparttar above, I would recommend you to use UNIX based Hosting. Why? Because they are much less expensive in terms of service fees and software licensing than Windows Hosting. Windows hosting are often slower than UNIX hosting in performance. If you have two servers with exact hardware specs, one in UNIX andrepparttar 134385 other one in Windows,repparttar 134386 UNIX server will have better performance in terms of speed, reliability, and security.

Should I use SHARED hosting or DEDICATED hosting? There are only a few reasons that you will need dedicated hosting. Your site contains sensitive information that you need better security and dedicated hosting does that. If you need flexible software support, you should consider dedicated hosting. If you need total control over your account, you should consider dedicated hosting. If you need to host a large web application, dedicated hosting is your choice. So who should choose dedicated hosting? Any Web Sites that need any ofrepparttar 134387 above should choose dedicated hosting. If you do not need any ofrepparttar 134388 above, I would recommend you to use shared hosting because it is more cost effective than dedicated hosting.

Hints on choosing a Web Hosting company Ok. Now I knowrepparttar 134389 requirements of my Web Site and which type of hosting to choose, but how do I know which Web Hosting company is better? There are two factors that you should focus on. First, check ifrepparttar 134390 company offers allrepparttar 134391 things your Web Site needs. Second, check ifrepparttar 134392 company is reliable in terms of services and support. The only way for you to know if a company is reliable is to try them, so sign up forrepparttar 134393 plans that have at least 15 days Money-back guarantee. This way you can always cancelrepparttar 134394 account if you do not feel comfortable withrepparttar 134395 company. How would you know if they have what you want? Well,repparttar 134396 best way is to ask them. Make sure to provide them all ofrepparttar 134397 requirements of your Web Site. There are other ways to know more aboutrepparttar 134398 companies, such as finding reviews on hosting community sites. Butrepparttar 134399 reviews are often misleading, thusrepparttar 134400 best way is still trying it yourselves.

To summarize, make sure to know both what your Web Site needs and what Web Hosting companies are offering before making your final choice.

Shawn Si, is an editor and Marketing Director of Sirunet.com, a leading ecommerce enabled web hosting service provider. He can be reached at shawn@sirunet.com

The Top 15 Essential Ingredients of Every WINDOWS HOSTING Plan (Package)

Written by Teeyes Siva

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7.PHP & Coldfusion – ColdFusion is a server-side scripting language web development tool. It uses HTML-like tags called CFML to enable back-end ODBC database connectivity as well as data manipulation and validation within webpages.. This is again an advanced option and NOT every hosting provider provide this. But PHP, Mysql is also bundled with windows hosting plans. Keep an eye on both of these.

8.Control Panel – This isrepparttar nucleus of your website. In a Control Panel, popularly known as CP, you can literally do anything. The moment you signup for a Hosting Pack, you must be provided with a CP to manage your webspace.

9.POP3 email Ids & Aliases - yourname@yourdomain.com is an example POP3 ID. You must be provided with ample of POP3 email ids and it depends onrepparttar 134384 Package size.

10.FTP Account – This is where you upload your files, delete them, update them. This again comes along withrepparttar 134385 CP.

11.Backup – Most ofrepparttar 134386 Hosts take Automated Backups. But users do not take much care on this while choosingrepparttar 134387 Hosting Pack. This feature is as essential as anyother in this list.

12.Web Statistics - Analysis of your website visitors plays a key role inrepparttar 134388 success of your website. Say, your website has been launched and you get NIL Visits or More than 100 Visits per day. Whateverrepparttar 134389 case may be, you can viewrepparttar 134390 Report using Statistics Application that run inrepparttar 134391 server backend.

13.Bandwidth – Chooserepparttar 134392 Hosting Plan that gives enough Bandwidth for your website. Even though you cannot judge atrepparttar 134393 beginning, as time progresses, you can easily deductrepparttar 134394 Bandwidth required.

14.Webmail, SMTP & SPAM – Email becomes key part in your life once you launchrepparttar 134395 website. Check ifrepparttar 134396 Hosts provide with WEBMAIL (mail.yourdomain.com) to check your mails thru a web based interface using Squirrelmail or Horde. Corporate Users prefer downloading mails thru Email Clients such as Eudora or Outlook Express. Only if SMTP or IMAP support is enabled you can use this option. Hence check if SMTP support is provided.No email user is free from a spam attack. Hence you need to have Spam Filters installed onrepparttar 134397 server where your website resides.

15.IP – If your website prefers SSL Support (https://) as time grows, makes ure you get a DEDICATED IP. Most ofrepparttar 134398 websites are hosted on shared IPs. Ask your Hosting Provider aboutrepparttar 134399 extra charges involved in getting a dedicated IP and SSL Support. Note : For SSL (https://), you need to buy a Digital Certificate.

Do write to me with your comments and views. My email : siva@aalphanet.com

Teeyes Siva Sales Head – Aalphanet.com

Teeyes Siva heads the Sales Operations @ aalpha NET (www.aalphanet.com) , India’s leading domain name registration, web hosting service provider. He can be reached @ siva@aalphanet.com or 00 91 452 3105858.

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